When I say “Adam Sandler”, what goes through your mind? Do you consider him a comedic gem or an old friend who seems to have lost his way? Sandler’s good name has been tossed around in a recent debate over the quality of his current work. We reached a point where some moviegoers are instantaneously turned off by a film with him attached to it. However, I am here to tell you to never judge a book by its cover. Blended is actually enjoyable.
Blended is the third film to star Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore together. Both play single parents who meet each other on a blind date that goes terribly. Sandler has three daughters and Barrymore has two sons. Their paths end up crossing again when they both go on a trip to Africa in place of two former lovers that they both happened to know. Both families are forced to share the romantic getaway suite and deal with each other throughout the entire trip. They don’t get along at first, but that all could easily change with some hilarious misadventures.
You get where the story is going from the start, and I know it. But that’s not the point. Romantic comedies nine times out of ten are never too story-driven. It’s all about the comedic writing, chemistry within your cast, and memorable performances. All of which are aspects that Blended thankfully has.
I found this movie genuinely funny. I admit to being a fan of many Adam Sandler films. (I don’t care what anyone says.). With that said, if you also like Sandler’s style of humor, you won’t be disappointed with some good chuckle-worthy material. However, I would even dare to say that even if you aren’t a fan of Sandler’s recent outings, this may be your exception. I’m not saying it’s as funny as Waterboy or The Wedding Singer, but I can say it’s decent enough to watch.
What sets this film apart from That’s My Boy and Grown Ups 2 is that it’s light on the dumb humor. Every once in a while you’ll find a joke relating to poop or farts, but they aren’t as common here. Instead, most of the jokes are based on the chemistry between the characters. And because the characters are good and funny, the film succeeds in a way that stands out.
That’s the key to the entire equation. The characters are really enjoyable and likeable. Their quirks work to their strength, and the actors seem to have been having a blast playing these characters. Though, the most captivating of all character interactions, as you’d expect, is that of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
These two have always been a powerhouse duo both comedically and romantically. And considering that they spend about half of the movie at each other’s throats (which is a departure from their previous collaborations), it introduces a comradery that you haven’t seen previously. You’d be surprised how much comedic material can come from these two not standing each other. And by the time they inevitably warm up to each other, it’s convincing enough to be effective.
As you would expect, Happy Gilmore films such as this one has good basic production values. The African location makes for some beautiful scenery and plenty of natural lighting. Cinematography is fast and cartoonish in some areas, but slows down when necessary during intimate moments.
I’ll admit to having a difficult time deciding whether this would rank higher than Top Five. While Top Five probably has smarter jokes, I chose Blended for its accessibility. And to those who have missed out on this movie, I would say it’s very accessible. I recommend you give it a go if you get the opportunity. It’s probably not one to seek out, but if you’ve had reservations before, you need not worry too much here. This is the best Adam Sandler movie in a long time for sure.
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